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Charlie visits and Arnie hosts a party for Shirley

The first weekend in June was filled with all sorts of special activities. Charlie came to visit us on Thursday. We spent Friday at the St. Louis Zoo which is always a lot of fun. She stayed with her cousins on Saturday and then joined us again on Sunday for Shirley's party.

Arnie decided to honor his Aunt Shirley with a little party celebrating her recent graduation from Missouri Baptist University. Shirley is looking for a teaching job and wants to pursue her Masters Degree as well. It was a beautiful day and the setting at Arnie's home was equally beautiful inside and out. Rebecca was in charge of the kitchen and she did not disappoint. The food was fabulous!

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You can always count on fresh strawberries and whipped cream when you come to Grandmas house.
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Charlie wanted to visit the Zoo, so that is where we went on Friday. Here at the entrance pond.
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Here we have a feisty little river otter.
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Contemplating getting closer to the pelican. She did seconds later and almost had that large beak wrapped around her hand.
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One of Charlies favorite stops... the giraffe compound.
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The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
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Chasing a peacock.
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Skipping ahead to Sunday...
Rebecca toils in the kitchen under the supervision of Allison and Charlie.
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Summer and Cheyenne
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Our host Arnie greeting guests at the door.
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The guest of honor with our lovely Summer.
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Charlie and little Eva.
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Cousins and buds!
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Allison and her cousin McKennah.
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What happened to the shoes?